FIRST ON WITN: Junior ROTC Instructor Charged

Ayden police say a Junior ROTC teacher has been arrested.

Joseph Mitchell was charged today with indecent liberties with a student. The 43-year-old man was released on a $5,000 bond.

Ayden police chief Tim Moseley confirmed for WITN that the victim in this case was 14 years old.

The instructor was suspended from his job last month at Ayden-Grifton High School after the investigation began.

Moseley says their investigation shows Mitchell picked up the girl at the Piggly Wiggly in Ayden, and drove her to her home. Police say the child's mother was not at home and Mitchell is accused of inappropriate and unwanted touching.

Moseley says as far as he knows it only happened one time.

Mitchell is due in court tomorrow.

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